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From Benjamin Franklin to David Hartley, 29 November 1778

To David Hartley

ALS: National Library of Scotland; transcript: Library of Congress

Passy Nov. 29. 1778

Dear Sir,

I have heard nothing from you lately concerning the Exchange of the Prisoners.1 Is that Affair dropt? Winter is coming on apace. I understand that your charitable Contribution is near expended, and not likely to be renewed.2 Many of those unfortunate People must suffer greatly. I wish to have a Line from you, informing me what may be depended on. I am as ever, Your affectionate humble Servant

B Franklin

D. Hartley Esqr

Addressed: To / David Hartley Esqr / Member of Parliament / Golden Square / London

Endorsed: DF Nov 29 /78

1His last to BF had been on Oct. 9, when he hoped that one more letter would complete arrangements for the first exchange: XXVII, 528.

2For details of the private subscription in aid of American prisoners in England see XXV, lxii, 350, 677; XXVII, 190–1.

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